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Kenya: Old Video Used to Falsely Claim Kenyan MP Ndindi Nyoro Publicly Attacked President William Ruto

Old video used to falsely claim Kenyan MP Ndindi Nyoro publicly attacked president William Ruto

IN SHORT: The video with the caption claiming that Ndindi Nyoro was addressing William Ruto is from 2022, where he was addressing then-president Uhuru Kenyatta.

A video posted on TikTok shows Kenyan legislator Ndindi Nyoro seemingly addressing president William Ruto about the high cost of living. He also appears to threaten to quit the ruling United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

The video is overlaid with the text: “Ndindi Nyoro lectures HE William Ruto for high cost of living and handshake with Rt Hon Raila Odinga. Dare to quit UDA and form his own party.”

It has over 2 million views, 2,500 comments and 8,500 shares on the short-form video platform.

Nyoro is a member of parliament for Kiharu constituency in Murang’a county. He is a key ally of Ruto and an active member of the UDA party.

Murang’a county is part of the Mount Kenya region, a key voting bloc inhabited mainly by the Kikuyu, Embu and Meru communities. In the 2022 elections, most voters from this region supported the Kenya Kwanza coalition, of which the UDA is the main party.

Background

Most of the leaders of the Kenya Kwanza government, including Ruto, were part of former president Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration. But a rift developed around 2018 after Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga patched up their differences in a bid to reunite the country.

Ruto and his allies appeared to have been sidelined by the deal. This led to the formation of the UDA and the eventual political realignment that saw Ruto’s faction win the 2022 elections against Odinga’s Azimio coalition backed by Kenyatta.

Challenges and political dynamics

Months after Ruto’s 2022 victory, the opposition – led by Odinga – organised nationwide protests against his government, including over the high cost of living.

These protests led to dialogue between the government and the opposition. Soon after, Ruto and Odinga were seen to be working closer together, with Ruto leading a push for Odinga to be appointed as the next chair of the African Union Commission. This reportedly alienated deputy president Rigathi Gachagua, who was wary of the Ruto-Odinga relationship.

Nyoro has been making political moves that are seen as positioning him as Ruto’s running mate in the 2027 presidential election.